According to a Florida study of childhood obesity, published in the Endocrine Society’s Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, future incidents of heart disease and stroke for obese children increase along with body mass index (BMI). This is true even if other factors, such as high blood pressure, are not present in those individuals during childhood. The study tested children for certain blood abnormalities that predispose an individual to developing cardiovascular disease later in life.
The study adds more evidence to a growing body of research showing that the negative health impacts of obesity start very early in life. In order to protect young people from future health problems, aggressive weight control measures may need to be implemented for children who show a propensity for obesity. Certainly healthier food and more exercise for young children would help all kids grow up healthier and happier.
A child’s weight may also have legal implications for parents. A South Carolina woman recently lost custody of her child and has been charged with criminal child neglect after the child’s doctor reported concerns about his weight to social services. Many states are now also considering the obesity of the children post divorce in modification actions.
Read more Florida childhood obesity study results at Child obesity links to heart disease reinforced.
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